Our oceans are running out of fish. As stocks disappear, ships are having to travel farther offshore to fulfill their quotas and margins for profit have become razor thin.
As a result, captains increasingly turn to trafficked, debt-bonded and forced labor to make ends meet.
A global scourge, sea slavery is something most people do not realize exists.
In this episode, Ian Urbina takes viewers onboard roach and rat-infested ships on the South China Sea to explore how overfishing has given rise to trans-shipment, fish-laundering, and a prevalence of abuse that companies and governments have a tough time tracking or countering.
This series was produced by The Outlaw Ocean Project: www.theoutlawocean.com